This version includes the original end credits, where elves are seen delivering boxes (which list all the technical credits). It also includes commercials and closing network bumpers. It does not include the Misfit Island finale that was filmed for the following years' telecasts.
In response to viewer protests on the unresolved fate of the toys on Misfit Island, GE shot a new ending which shows the toys being rescued. This is the ending that has been shown on all telecasts and video releases ever since. In the process, several sequences were deleted: the instrumental bridge from "We Are Santa's Elves", the duet reprise of "We're A Couple Of Misfits", additional dialogue by Burl Ives, and the "Peppermint Mine" scene resolving the fate of Yukon Cornelius. Also, a new song, "Fame And Fortune", was shot for the revised version and put in place of the reprise of "We're A Couple Of Misfits".
1998–2008 CBS telecasts
The above 1965 deletions were returned to the film, but "Fame And Fortune" was not included and was replaced with the original "We're A Couple Of Misfits" reprise. This telecast also deleted the "Peppermint Mine" scene (to date, it has never aired on CBS).
Oddly, starting sometime in the 2000s, CBS aired the video for "Fame and Fortune" synced with an edited version of "We're a Couple of Misfits". Beyond that, the special has been edited further due to more commercial time—the special is time-compressed and some musical numbers shortened.
2009 CBS telecasts
"Fame and Fortune" has once again been replaced with "We're A Couple Of Misfits", the special itself undergoing further cuts for more commercial time.
Region 1 DVD cover
When Rudolph was first issued on video by previous owner Broadway Video, the 1965 rebroadcast print was used with the changes listed above under 1965-1997 Telecasts. All current video prints of Rudolph by Classic Media are a compendium of the two previous telecast versions of the special. All the footage in the current versions follow the original NBC airing (without the original commercials) up until the end of the "Peppermint Mine" scene, followed by the final act of the 1965 edit (with the Misfit Island finale and the 1965 alternate credits in place of the original end credit sequence). In 1998, Rudolph was released by Sony Wonder on VHS. In 2000, it was released on DVD, and on Blu-Ray in 2010. This edit has been made available in original color form by current rights holders Classic Media. As previously mentioned, this is also the version currently airing on CBS, albeit in edited form to accommodate more commercial time.